Keep up the great work and use this week before finals to start studying early and avoid cramming or pulling an "all-nighter". Here are a few tips from the Academic Access and Achievement Center on how to study effectively.
Top Ten Tips For Better Study Habits
1. Plan two hours study time for every hour you spend in class.If you are taking 15 credit hours, plan to spend 30 hours per week studying. The benefits of following this rule will be apparent at exam time.
2. Study difficult (or boring) subjects first.Most of us tend to do what we like first, yet the courses we find most difficult often require the most creative energy. Save the subjects you enjoy for later.
3. Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions.When possible, study in shorter sessions. Three three-hour sessions are far more productive for most people than one nine-hour session. When you do study in long sessions, take a planned break every hour. If you must study in a large block of time, work on several subjects and avoid studying similar subjects back to back.
4. Be aware of your best time of day.Many people learn best in daylight hours. Observe yourself, and if this is true for you, schedule study time for your most difficult subjects when the sun is up.
5. Use waiting time.Five minutes waiting for a bus, 20 minutes waiting for the dentist, 10 minutes between classes - waiting time adds up fast. Have short study tasks ready to do during these times.
6. Use a regular study area.Your body knows where you are. When you use the same place to study, day after day, your body becomes trained. When you arrive at that particular place, it will automatically sense that it's time to study. You will focus your concentration more quickly.
7. Don't get too comfortable.In bed, your body gets a signal. For most students, it's more likely to be, 'Time to sleep," rather than, "Time to study!" Give your body a message that energy is needed. Put yourself into a situation that supports that message.
8. Avoid noise distractions.Don't study in front of the TV. Turn off the stereo. The overwhelming majority of research indicates that silence is the best form of music for study.
9. Pay attention to your attention.Breaks in concentration are often caused by internal interruptions; your own thoughts jumping in to tell you another story about the world. When that happens, notice the thoughts and let them go.
10. Use a library.Libraries are designed for learning. Entering a library is a signal to your body to quiet the mind and get to work. Take advantage of the following seven libraries we have on campus!
Anschutz Science Library
Open 24 hours per weekday, opening at 10 am Sunday and closing at 8 pm Fridays
Wheat Law Library in Green HallM-R 7:30am - 11:00pm
F 7:30am - 10:00pm
Sa 9:00am - 10:00pm
Su 10:00am - 11:00pm
Murphy Art and Architecture Library in SpencerM-R 8:00am - 10:00pm
F 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sa noon - 5:00pm
Su 1:00pm - 10:00pm
Music Library in Murphy HallM-R 8:00am - 10:00pm
F 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sa noon - 5:00pm
Su 1:00pm - 10:00pm
Spahr Engineering Library at Learned HallM-R 8:00am - midnight F 8:00am - 8:00pm
Sa 10:00am - 5:00pm
Spencer Research LibraryM-F 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sa noon - 4:00pm
Watson LibraryM-R 8:00am - midnight
F 8:00am - 8:00pm
Sa 10:00am - 8:00pm
Su 10:00am - midnight
Architectural Resource Center4th floor Marvin
Slide Library 405 MarvinM-F 8:00am - noon, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Hatch ReadingRoom 407 Marvin
Fall/Spring: M-R 10:00am - 5:00pm, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
F 10:00am - 5:00pm
Su 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Summer: M-F 8:00am - noon, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (EGARC)4070 Wescoe
Fall/Spring M-R 7:50am - 7:00pm
F 7:50am - 4:30pm
Su 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Learning Resource Center (LRC)110 Pearson
Fall/Spring: M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm
Computer LabsComputer Lab Locations
Budig Hall Main Computer Lab10 Budig Hall
M-Su 8:00am - midnight
Fraser Computer Lab (4 Fraser)864-0218
M-F 7:00am - 10:00pm
Gale Sayers Computer Lab104 Pearson
M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Herb Harris Student Computing Lab452 Kansas Union
M-Sa 8:00am - 11:00pm
Su noon - 9:00pm
Robinson Computer Lab130 Robinson
M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm
Howey Reading Room of Business and EconomicsSummerfield
M-F 6:00am - 9:00pm
Journalism Reading RoomStauffer-Flint
M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm
Moore Reading RoomSmith Hall
M/W/R/F 9:00am - 5:00pm
T 9:00am - 6:00pm